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The Government's clean energy bills have passed the Senate, clearing the way for the introduction
of the carbon tax next year.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: After years of rancorous division, Australia will have a carbon tax. The
Government's Clean Energy Bill was passed the Senate today. The Climate Change Minister Greg Combet
spoke with political editor Chris Uhlmann earlier - and we will hear from him shortly - but first a
landmark day in Federal politics.

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: We need to take a stronger line in defending and protecting Australia's
national economic interest in relation to climate change.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, SHADOW COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER: A major political party must have a credible
policy on climate change

KEVIN RUDD, FOREIGN MINISTER: We tried three times to get an emissions trading scheme through this
Parliament, although we failed.

CHRIS UHLMANN, POLITICAL EDITOR: The capricious winds of the climate change debate have exacted a
heavy toll on Australian politics. It's claimed three leaders and the body count might not be
complete. But today the parliamentary bluster ended.

HARRY JENKINS JNR, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: The matter is resolved in the affirmative.

CHRIS UHLMANN: A suite of bills setting up a carbon price has passed the Senate

PENNY WONG, FINANCE MINISTER: This is an historic moment.

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT II: This is an infamous day.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It was a battle all the way to the end.

BARNABY JOYCE, NATIONALS SENATE LEADER: It's absurd that this will do anything to the temperature
of the globe, absolutely absurd.

CHRISTINE MILNE, GREENS SENATOR: The people of Australia voted at the last election for a
power-sharing Parliament, and I know that the Coalition can't cope with that.

MATHIAS CORMANN, LIBERAL SENATOR: The vote today will haunt every single Labor member and senator
all the way to the next election.

PENNY WONG: A reform which represents a clear divide in politics in this country between those who
look to the future - those who look to the future, and those who are mired in the fear campaigns of

CHRIS UHLMANN: And the victory has many parents.

BOB BROWN, GREENS LEADER: It's a green letter day, but it is one that will echo down the ages.

SIMON SHEIKH, GET UP: And finally make the transition to a renewable powered economy.

WAYNE SWAN, TREASURER: This is one of the great Labor reforms - on a par with the floating of the
exchange rate, the bringing down of the tariff wall, or the introduction of compulsory

CHRIS UHLMANN: The defeated will fight on.

ERIC ABETZ, COALITION FRONTBENCHER: We as a coalition will be seeking a mandate from the Australian
people at the next election to repeal the legislation.

CHRIS UHLMANN: This is a win for the Prime Minister, who managed to land a deal in a deeply divided

WAYNE SWAN: The reason this legislation is passing because the PM is as tough as nails.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Whether toughness or today's win will turn the electorate is a story that has a long
way to run, but the Prime Minister has had a good couple of weeks, and that's reflected in better

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: Today's vote is a win for Australia's children. It is a win for
those who will seek their fortune and make their way by having jobs in our clean energy sector.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Julia Gillard's slightly improving fortunes will damper leadership speculation, but
it won't disappear as long as there is something to fuel it. And it bobs up in the strangest
places: like the curious case of the Australia Network tender.

SCOTT LUDLUM, GREENS SENATOR: Will you acknowledge that the decision to put the Australia Network
out to tender in the first place was a mistake?

STEPHEN CONROY, COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER: The Gillard Government, Mr President, is extremely
disappointed that the tender process was compromised by leaks. This was a significant commercial
contract involving up to $223.1 million of taxpayers' money, and it was important that both Cabinet
and the general public could have confidence in the process.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Australia Network broadcasts into 44 countries across the Asia-Pacific. It's run
by the ABC, but financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Foreign Minister Kevin
Rudd put the 10 year contract out to tender. The ABC bid, so did Sky - which is part owned by News
Corporation. The results have never been released, but a series of leaks point to Sky winning the
tender twice.

STEPHEN CONROY: This is why the Gillard Government have called in the Australian Federal Police to
investigate the leaks which have necessitated the termination of the tender process.

CHRIS UHLMANN: All this is woven into leadership manoeuvring, because some in Labor believe the
Foreign Minister wanted to curry favour with News Corporation. Throw in much of the rest of
Cabinet's distaste for News, and this story is a witch's brew of intrigue

MALCOLM TURNBULL: This tender should have been done rigorously, with complete probity and
integrity, has fallen foul of vicious infighting within the Government between Kevin Rudd's office,
Julia Gillard's office and Stephen Conroy's office. The animosity between these players is so
intense that you've seen all the strategic leaking designed to advance the interests of one or the

CHRIS UHLMANN: But the machinations of this internal brawl won't echo much beyond the walls of
Parliament. The big news today was the passage of the carbon tax. It was a vote heard around the
world. But the argument won't end here.

BARNABY JOYCE: It is not a defeat; it is an adjournment to the next episode.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Because these days in Canberra, even talking about the weather is an invitation to

BOB BROWN: Even the heavens are clapping.

BARNABY JOYCE: An impending storm is a sign of things to come. Search Images